WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - Crisp, juicy apples and sweet, plump grapes, that's what growers in Iowa say is in store for the September harvest. }}" />

   
 
 
Iowa Growers Say It's A Good Year For Apples And Grapes

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 9/1/2013 Crisp, juicy apples and sweet, plump grapes. That's what growers in Iowa say is in store for the September harvest. It's a far cry from last year when much of their crop was destroyed. As Eric Hanson reports, growers are crediting the weather for this year's turn of events. In Iowa's corn and soybean fields, billions of bushels could use a drink before harvest. But just down the road... "There's a bushel of apples right there," says Rick Motzko of Happy Apple Orchards. "There's 40 pounds hanging on this branch." Motzko's bushels are doing so good, they're bending his branches. "We're real happy with the way it's going," he says. Happy Apple's red trees are loaded down and the yellow ones are growing just as fast. A crop they needed after last year when a freeze killed all but about 10-percent of the crop. A few nice rains the next few weeks would still help. "Swell the fruit with more juices, more flavor," says Motzko. "It makes it better all the way around for eating, for cooking and for having fun with." But they're, appropriately, happy. "Well actually, it's been good," Motzko says. Just like Jean Groben at Jasper Winery, who says Iowa's reds and whites are also liking what Mother Nature's giving us. "And so this dryness is making the sugar levels of the grapes come up, which we want," she says. "That's called the bricks and then the acid levels go down." They, and several other wineries, will start picking next week. And, unlike last year's crop that was half-normal, they're expecting plenty of grapes this year. "I think this year's going to be great," says Groben. "There's going to be a lot of grapes." Whatever you're growing, harvest season's busy. "So it;s kind of a high stress level, but it's really a lot of excitement," Groben says. But they'll pick a busy bumper crop over a bummer of a crop every year. "These trees are built to be solid and hence, that way they hold this fruit," says Motzko. Apple producers say a half-inch or rain a week would just make their apples that much bigger by their mid-September harvest. Grape growers say the only thing that could be better is a little less humidity, otherwise, they're set to make a lot of wine.
   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 The 300-plus employees, technically co-owners, of Lifetouch Church Directories in Galion had a special visitor Wednesday. Full Story
Image1 A fun competition with a great educational lesson was held Wednesday in the natatorium at Colonel Crawford High School. Full Story
 
Image1 A financial recovery plan for Mansfield City Schools was approved Tuesday afternoon. Full Story
Image1 HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice held their largest fundraising event of the year Tuesday evening at William Crawford Intermediate School. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

HomeCare Matters Hosts Celebrity Waiter Auction

Baby's death leads to meth lab

Start Talking Initiative Helps Address Youth Drug Epidemic

Growth and Development Goals Presented To Richland County

Red Cross Hero Awards Set For May 1

Mansfield Man Indicted On Heroin And Cocaine Dealing Charges

Center celebrates transition in leadership with book sale

More News